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Eco-Friendly Tips

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brochureYou've just taken another step toward conserving energy--and our natural resources. Each of us can help control energy use. Simple ideas, such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs, can have big effects. More than $256 can be saved annually by just turning off and unplugging electrical appliances when not in use. This helps avoid energy waste and can prevent over 1,000 pounds of pollution. When you manage your energy use, you help the environment.

Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® is partnering with Minnesota State Parks and Trails to bring you more ideas to help. Follow these tips from Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® to conserve energy, do your part for the environment, and save money.

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  • Replace commonly used incandescent lighting with energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps.
  • CFL bulbs use about one-quarter of the energy, last longer, and give off less heat.
  • When you finish cooking, turn off the kitchen lighting and the exhaust fan.
  • Take a look at the security lighting you use at night. Check with your Touchstone Energy Cooperative to see if it can help save you money by installing a pole-mounted outdoor light.

The Minnesota State Parks and Trails guide is made possible through the generous support of Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives®, an alliance of electric cooperatives. 

Request a copy by calling 651-296-6157 in the Twin Cities or 1-888-646-6367, or e-mailing